Firebrand

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Forms of address for females
Here goes my first Turkish lesson.

Traditionally Turkish people will address others quite formally, adding in a title depending on the relative ages and formality of relationship. For females a little older than themselves they will probably use the term
Abla which means older sister.

For women roughly of a generation up, they would use

Teyze, or Yenge

Which both mean aunt, although one is paternal and one is maternal.

If they know your name, then they will probably add that in first, so you become Jane teyze.

For a more formal address, hanım is used. So instead of being Mrs Smith, you would become Jane hanım. Surnames are rarely used.

Here endeth my first lesson. Feel free to add or correct.

(I'll do forms of address for men another time).
 

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